mozz wrote:I still think this is a April fools joke. Anyone else?
Its not April, and this is not a joke. To be honest, there are days I wish it was a bad dream I could wake up from and have a good laugh over, but no matter how hard I pinch myself, here I am.
Ok, confession time, I got into this project 10 years ago thinking I could have a livable space in 3 years and from there I could carry on, well, that did not happen. The building had a lot of major structural and systems problems that I was not aware of, and its just pushed everything over-budget and over time, and the fact that I cannot live here year round has not helped. (thankfully security specialist in Vegas were dirt cheap a few years ago so if anyone is thinking of breaking in while I'm gone, good luck
So my plan for this year was just get this one room livable year round, this includes carpeting, furniture, a real bed, and something that dumps enough heat into this room to keep me warm. Heating the pool/pool room would be nice, but it still needs a lot of work before that is realistically feasible. So as much as I'd like to add a huge boiler to heat the entire dungeon, between the work that still needs to be done to my room and the pool room, its just not realistic at this point in time.
So if we are just talking about heating 2000 sq ft of space, and maybe in the milder months tossing excess heat into the pool room so it can be worked on, what do you guys think of this setup http://scranton.craigslist.org/for/4093447678.html
? Its well within this years budget and as a 3-5 year setup I could live with this unit feeding Modine heat exchangers in my room, and something temporary to dump heat into pool room, when the pool and room are done I could actually install a permanent system.
My dream for this building (assuming money was not an object) is an upscale B&B, a deli/coffee shop in main entranceway with seating on front/rear porches, a museum/art gallery in the gymnasium, hostel rooms on the second floor for single upscale travelers, and really nice rooms on the top floor for those that can afford them. The front and rear porches for both upper floors (which presently do not exist) would be open to all overnight guests, as well as the pool. I believe this town has the potential to see this as a viable use for the building, whether it happens in my lifetime is the question.
My plan at this point in time is just to finish the basement, including the pool, which is what sucked me into this living nightmare
. The upper 3 floors are going on hold, I'm sure some day some nice young couple with a fresh inheritance will say "it will only take 3 years to finish"..............